Social Media and Kid’s Mental Health

It’s probably no surprise that screen time and social media usage are going up (by more than a hour PER DAY in the past two years, according to a study by JAMA Pediatrics). But how can that impact children’s mental health?

Social media is like a lot of activities – it has benefits and risks. You can help children by starting conversations around social media, helping them navigate it and educate them on how to stay safe online with our resources.


Talking to Kids About Social Media

Social media is an important conversation for parents and caregivers to have with their kids. Get tips on how to talk to kids about what they see on social media, how they use it and get sample questions you can ask your kids. 


Using Social Media Wisely

Social media has many benefits but also risks: oversharing, addiction. Teach kids how to be smart on social by teaching them about how companies' market to kids on social media to make it addictive and get your child to think through the messages they’re seeing on social media.


Kids Privacy and Social Media

It’s important to think about privacy matters when it comes to your child’s social media.  Get tips on controlling chat features, reporting or blocking troubling posts and restricting advertising. 


How to Make a Family Social Media Plan

Making a social media plan as a family can get everyone talking about online manners, safety, limitations and consequences. Download a social media plan template for your family to use.


Does Your Child Have a Social Media Problem?

When does your child’s social media use become worrisome? Check out the warning signs that social media may be harming your child’s mental health, how can you help them rebalance and how to set boundaries and consequences around social media.


How Does Social Media Impact Kids with Mental Disorders?

For kids with ADHD, eating disorders, depression anxiety disorders and other mental health disorders, social media may carry more risk. See what questions to ask and things to consider.